Cisco Home Energy Controller to Now Managing EV Home Charging
Chalk one up for the Cisco home energy management solution: the high-tech giant’s new relationship with ECOtality will let people manage the way they use electricity for both their home and for their electric vehicles from a single place.
Specifically, a technology agreement between the two companies will tie together the Blink Network charger interface with the Cisco Home Energy Controller. This will let users of the Blink Network Charging Stations use the Cisco touch-screen interface to optimize their usage. The chargers are Level 2 style (using 240 volt AC inputs), and they contain a touchscreen like the Cisco controller (pictured to the right). The integration will allow consumers/drivers to access the chargers remotely.
ECOtality, based in San Francisco, is the project manager for The EV Project, which is overseeing the installation of 15,000 commercial and residential charging stations across 16 cities in six states and the District of Columbia. The project is supported by a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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